Programming & Events

ONLINE: Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters

Read and discuss poems from the book African-American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, edited by Kevin Young. The poems chosen reflect a range of voices and topics, from history to music, injustice to solidarity. The discussion will take place via Zoom and will be moderated by Professor C. M. Burroughs, an Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. Professor Burroughs is also a published poet and public speaker. Poetry packets will be available at the Ask Us Desk one month before the event.

This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.

Contact the Ask Us Desk at or call (630) 960-1200 with questions.

Register Here